Monday, February 22, 2010

The British are proud of their India connection now: Shrabani Basu

London-based Indian writer Shrabani Basu, whose historical novel Victoria & Abdul is making waves in the world of literature, has polite manners, gentle voice and a delicate charm which doesn’t go unnoticed. Talking to Nabila Habib and Shivangi Singh of, the author of three famous books - ‘Curry in the Crown’, ‘Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan’ and ‘Victoria & Abdul’, revealed more on her latest book, racism and other personal interests.

What made you write this much talked about historical novel - Victoria & Abdul?
I read a little about Abdul while I was working for my first work ‘Curry in the Crown’ in 2003. The story remained with me and then I did a little bit of more research on this slighted historical figure and came across startling facts about his closeness with Queen Victoria.

Does the book contain some fictional account of relationship between Victoria and Abdul?
No, the book is completely based on facts. There is nothing vaguely fictitious about it

Read full interview here Spicezee

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